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Swans re-sign five, including former US college basketballer

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Former US college basketballer Michael Knoll

SYDNEY has re-signed utility Robbie Fox, Hayden McLean, James Bell, Joel Amartey and Michael Knoll for season 2020.

Fox, 26, joined the Swans as a mature-aged rookie in 2016 and has since played 24 senior matches.

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The Tasmanian has played roles in the forward line, midfield and defence.

Utility Robbie Fox in action against GWS in round 20. Picture: AFL Photos

McLean started season 2019 preparing to play for South Adelaide in the SANFL, but the Swans then swooped on the emerging big man under the AFL's new pre-season supplementary list rules.

The 20-year-old spent the majority of the season developing in the NEAFL, before getting an opportunity to make his AFL debut in the ruck against Fremantle in round 18, and playing a further three games.


QBE Sydney Swans Academy graduate Bell averaged 20 possessions and six tackles per match in the NEAFL and was rewarded with an AFL debut against Port Adelaide in round 21.

James Bell celebrates a goal against Melbourne with an indigenous dance. Picture: AFL Photos


The Shellharbour local played two senior games and capped his season with the inaugural NEAFL Player of the Year award at Sydney's Club Champion Dinner. 


Up-and-coming ruckman-forward Amartey has been developing his craft in the NEAFL after being secured as a rookie in 2017 from the Sandringham Dragons.

Fellow ruckman Michael Knoll was secured at the mid-season draft after starting the year playing for South Adelaide in the SANFL.

The former US college basketballer played 13 games in the NEAFL, averaging 26 hitouts and 12 disposals.

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